I Ordered The Free At Home Covid Tests; Here’s What to Expect
I don't know about you guys, but I love free stuff. And well, I never thought my love for free stuff would overlap into the health crisis. But good ol mighty, it has. I don't know if you remember this, but a while back the word got out that the government was going to send out free at home testing kits for anyone who wanted them. In fact, if you still want a box, you can sign up (one per household, though).
I wanted to sign up because while I feel like I've been safe - I've got my two jabs and my booster, I try to avoid crowds, I stay six feet apart when I can, and I wear a mask if I'm out at a place with a lot of people that can't be helped - you never know what could happen. And I know that the virus can't be reasoned with. If it's going to get me, it's going to get me. What I can do is lessen the long term impact it has on me (think lung damage for years) by getting vaccinated. And what I can do is try to help those who can't get vaccinated (cancer patients, young children, etc) by wearing my mask and by getting myself tested as soon as possible if I show symptoms.
And, well, frankly, I'm selfish. I know that I'm doing what I can. BUT, if I got a variant of it and didn't know, and then spread it to someone who couldn't get vaccinated.... I'd feel incredibly guilty. Especially if it was for some silly reason like I didn't want to be put out for a half an hour or whatever. I'm selfish, and I want to spare myself that guilt. I know I'd beat myself up for years if I just felt like my comfort was more important than someone else's life or long term health. So I figure, if I can test at home, that's another step I can take on my part. Then if I might be contagious, I can stay the heck home. Then at least I can tell myself, you did the best you could.
The process for signing up was simple. I just had to give a name and an address (or, you know, where were they gonna send it), and email address for confirmation. I even gave them my junk email address because...just 'cause. But it took all of maybe thirty seconds to sign up. And once I got the email, then it was time to wait.
About three weeks later, I got an email from the Post Office telling me my tests were on the way, with a tracking number and everything. Here's what came in the package.
Have you signed up for your free tests? Is something holding you back from doing it?